(From left) Yellow Springs Village Council leader Karen Wintrow, Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (10th) and Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church at a roundtable convened by the congressman.
U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-10th) met with area leaders Monday to talk about economic development and federal policy. Roads, wages and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all on the agenda in the meeting with 15 mayors and city officials.
Democrats mentioned President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a point he pushed during his State of the Union address last week.
Rep. Turner wasn’t clear on whether he’d consider supporting the president’s proposal, but said his focus is elsewhere.
A new branch of southwest Ohio’s bikeway system has opened in Miami Township, linking the Great Miami River Bikeway to Austin Boulevard near I-75. The bike trails are part of a regional vision for economic development.
At the blustery ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Medlar Bikeway, officials from Montgomery County, Miamisburg, Miami Township and Five Rivers Metroparks cheered and posed for pictures.
Steve Stanley, head of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said cycling options support economic growth.
Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley with a group of local government leaders announcing the Great Miami River master plan. Next to him, Janet Bly with the Miami Conservancy District, who led the effort to secure funding for the study.
Montgomery County voted on Tuesday to put $50,000 towards a Great Miami River master plan. More than a dozen cities and towns along the river are also pitching in to match funds provided by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a program that helps states plan waterfront development.
The local partnership with the Corps is headed off by the Miami Conservancy District, and participants hope it will help turn the river into a regional cash cow.
Miamisburg City Schools is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss their budget for next year. Earlier this week, voters approved a renewal levy, but did not pass an additional emergency levy that the district says it badly needs. As it stands now, it faces a 4.5 million dollar shortfall. Marsha Watts is the Assistant Superintendent.
"Revenues are down in our district, the value of houses and property taxes are down. Our revenues from the state are down, and the state has its own financial crisis going on," says Watts.